Business Grants

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Business Growth Services

If your business has high growth potential, Business Growth Services can help you to develop the skills, knowledge, strategies and connections you need to accelerate growth.

If you’re eligible, you’ll be given access to specialist services, expertise and networks to help your business grow.

Eligibility :To apply, you must meet the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme eligibility criteria.

Visit the programme page below for more information about eligibility requirements.

Program Status :Now open for applications.

Agency :AusIndustry

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Business Evaluations are free of charge to eligible businesses.

Experienced Business Advisers visit businesses to understand and review how the business is run and identify areas of improvement.

After the Business Evaluation is completed, an Evaluation Report with recommendations on how to improve business operations will be given to the business owner.

Business Evaluations are part of the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme.

Eligibility : Eligibility criteria apply.
Program Status :Open for applications.
Agency :AusIndustry
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The ​Single Business Service provides a point of contact for information and referral services on issues such as obtaining finance, managing your cash flow, industry support programs, independent contracting, retail leasing, marketing, and stress and hardship counselling.

You can access the Single Business Service by email, web chat or phone.

Eligibility :All Australian businesses are welcome to access these services, including small businesses and independent contractors.

Program Status :Assistance is available Monday to Friday 8am – 8pm AEST.
Agency :AusIndustry
Web :Single Business Service

Energy Saver Program – NSW

This program can help your business to reduce energy consumption and costs.

Eligibility :This program is best suited to organisations that spend more than $80,000 a year on electricity.

Program Status :Applications may be made at any time.

Agency :Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH)


Small Biz Connect
Provides free advice, information and support for small businesses in New South Wales.

Eligibility :Assistance is available to people starting and operating a business in New South Wales.

Program Status :Applications may be made at any time.

Agency :Department of Trade and Investment

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Business Finance Loans

Assists Indigenous Australians to establish, acquire and grow small to medium businesses.

Eligibility :To be eligible you must be over 18 years of age and at least 50% of the ownership of your business must be by a person of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.

Program Status :Applications may be made at any time.
Agency :Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)
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Outback Business Networks

Develops networks and business opportunities by facilitating training programs, information sessions, meetings, collaborative projects and forums.

Eligibility :Targets businesses in certain remote regions of Australia in the following industries: creative, local produce, mining services, sustainable building, and tourism.

Program Status : Applications may be made at any time.
Agency : Desert Knowledge Australia
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Regional Visitor Economy Fund (RVEF)

Supports investment in product development and marketing activities in the regional NSW visitor economy on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis with the aim of doubling overnight visitor expenditure by 2020.

Eligibility : Applicants must be registered for GST and located in regional NSW. For further eligibility requirements please check website.

Program Status : Closing dates vary, please check the website for details.
Agency :Destination NSW
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New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)

Provides training and business set-up mentoring assistance to enable eligible unemployed people to become self supporting and independent of Centrelink by establishing and running their own business.

Eligibility :Potential applicants must be 18 years or over, registered for unemployment benefits through Centrelink, have a viable business idea and be willing to complete the course and follow-up components of the program.

Program Status :Applications may be made at any time.
Agency :Department of Employment
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If you’re employing a person with a disability, this program can help you with free information and advice.

JobAccess advisors can be contacted for confidential expert advice on employing people with disabilities and you can access the workplace adjustment tool to work out how to make your workplace more accessible.

Eligibility :Anyone employing or considering employing a person with a disability is encouraged to access this program.

Program Status :Contact the Agency at any time to get more information about this program.
Agency :Department of Employment
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This program supports small to medium technology enterprises to engage with potential customers. The aim is to create an innovative business-to-business (B2B) solution that focuses on rapid development of business-driven solutions that enable new products, services or more efficient processes.

Eligibility :
Providing solutions for business in the following sectors is highly desirable:
advanced manufacturing
energy technologies and services
online and interactive education
transport, logistics and infrastructure.

For further eligibility criteria please contact the Agency.

Program Status : Applications may be made at any time.
Agency :Department of Trade and Investment
Web :

Mentor Program – NSW

Helps make NSW businesses safer and more productive by connecting small businesses with business mentors keen to share their experience, knowledge and resources in workplace health and safety.

Eligibility :
Applicants must be a NSW-based small business, employing less than 20 full-time workers or equivalent.

Program Status :Applications are now open for the 2016 program.
Agency :WorkCover Authority of NSW
Web :Mentor Program NSW

This program provides financial support to Australian businesses who employ eligible job seekers aged 50 or older.

Eligibility :To apply, you must be a legal entity with an ABN. Eligibility criteria also applies to the person being employed. Please refer to the agency for more information.

Program Status :Applications may be made at any time.
Agency :Department of Employment
Web :Restart Wage Subsidy

Gives money back to small business owners who adopt an eligible solution to a safety problem in their workplace.

Eligibility :Eligible applicants must be a sole trader or small business owner employing up to 50 full-time workers or equivalent.

Program Status :Applications may be made at any time.
Agency :WorkCover Authority of NSW
Web :Small Business Rebate NSW

Accelerating Commercialisation

Accelerating Commercialisation helps Australian entrepreneurs, inventors, start-ups, commercialisation offices, and small and medium businesses with the challenges of commercialising novel intellectual property.

Eligibility :To apply, you must meet the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme eligibility criteria. Visit the programme page below for more information about eligibility requirements.

Program Status :Now open for applications.
Agency :AusIndustry
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Indigenous Wage Subsidy (IWS)

An incentive paid to employers when they employ eligible Indigenous Australians on an ongoing basis.

Eligibility :Eligibility criteria applies for employees and jobs. See website for details.

Program Status :Applications may be made at any time.
Agency :Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

Digital Enterprise Program

If you’re a small to medium business or a not-for-profit organisation, this program can help you to improve the way you do business online.

It is available in various locations in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.

It offers free group training that will show you how to:
use new technologies
reach more customers through an online presence
use videoconferencing more regularly
find ways to be more efficient in your business.

After attending a group training session, you can also book up to 4 hours free mentoring with a trainer for advice tailored to your business.

Eligibility :All small to medium businesses and not-for-profit organisations can take part in this program.
Program Status :Open
Agency :Department of Communications
Web :Digital Enterprise Programme

Foundation Broken Hill Grant Funding

Foundation Broken Hill manages a capital fund that generates interest which is then re-invested into the Broken Hill Community through grants that support economic development and local social initiatives. Foundation Broken Hill works with a wide range of local organisations and groups providing project funds that create employment opportunities and encourage social development

The grant funds that are distributed by the Foundation aim to help Broken Hill transition from a mining town to a vibrant, diverse and self-reliant community. Grants are available to local businesses and groups for projects that help the Foundation achieve this aim. The Foundation provides an alternative funding avenue for seed funding for new or expanding projects in Broken Hill.

Applications for funding will be considered by any individual, business or group from the Broken Hill Region with a project that:
Is focused on and/or based in the Broken Hill region
Addresses a key issue within the region
Is supported by a suitable planning process and is able to demonstrate the capacity to achieve its stated aims and objectives
Has the capacity to achieve ongoing viability after the grant period (this does not apply to feasibility or research projects)
Can provide satisfactory information on its management and financial status

Generally the following projects will not be considered for funding:
Projects that are retrospect (work is already completed)
Political organisations or campaigns

The number of applications for funding will always exceed the funds available and all worthwhile projects cannot be guaranteed support, regardless of their merit. In general, preference is given to projects that:

Facilitate economic development and job creation within the Broken Hill region
Enable local business expansion and new business ventures
Support local youth through projects which develop skills and employment prospects
Encourage education, sporting and social activities
Enrich the cultural diversity of the Broken Hill region
Improve community access to services
Enhance community wellbeing and resources

This is a discretionary funding program. Each application will be considered on its merits along with all other applications.

All successful applicants are requested to evaluate their project’s performance against their original specified aims and objectives. At this time a report is to be forwarded to Foundation Broken Hill, with supporting documentation such as photos, media releases and promotional material.

The Foundation may also, at a given point in time, wish to visit the project and see how it is progressing. Notice of these visits will be given in advance.

An application may only be made in writing – email application is preferred. Applications should be clear, concise and no more than 5 pages (a template is available online or through the Foundation’s office).
Where relevant, support material such as project budgets, quotes should be included.

Foundation Broken Hill Board of Directors meets in Broken Hill 4 times per year. To ensure that applications are considered at this time, please contact the Foundation Manager for a current schedule of these meetings.

For your application to be considered at the next scheduled Board meeting, your application will need to be received 21 days prior to the meeting date.

Foundation Funding Application

Office of State Revenue Small Business Grant

The NSW Office of State revenue (OSR)’s Small Business Grant is designed to encourage the nearly 650,000 small businesses in New South Wales that do not pay payroll tax to hire new employees and expand their business.

To be eligible for the grant your business must:
•have an active ABN
•not have a payroll tax liability, during the 12 month employment period of a new person as at 30 June of the financial year.

A business will receive the grant if all the following employment conditions are met:
•A person is employed in a position that is a new job.
•The employment commences on or after 1 July 2015 and before 1 July 2019.
•The employment is maintained for a period of 12 months.
•Your number of full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, prior to creating a new position must increase and be maintained over a 12 month period.
•The services of the employee are performed wholly or mainly in NSW.

To receive the grant, the minimum employment for the new job is 12 months starting on the date the employment is commenced.

For more information and the online application form,

Programme summary

The Industry Skills Fund – Youth Stream includes two pilot programmes, Training for Employment Scholarships and Youth Employment Pathways. The programmes assist business by supporting job specific training for new, young employees; and community organisations to help young people return to school, start vocational training or move into work.

Training for Employment Scholarships supports training that meets the needs of your business and assists young people who are newly employed, but require further training.

If your business has less than 200 employees, and you have hired an unemployed person aged 18 to 24 years within the last three months, you may be eligible for funding of up to $7 500 for the cost of up to 26 weeks job specific training.

Youth Employment Pathways supports community organisations to assist disengaged young people, aged 15 to 18 years, to get back into school, start vocational training, or move into work.

Community service organisations may be eligible for up to $2 000 in financial support to purchase or provide services to meet individuals’ needs such as intensive case management, job search, mentoring and other services relevant to young people.

The two pilot programmes; Training for Employment Scholarships and Youth Employment Pathways, are available nationally until 30 June 2016.

More information

$14 million available for Murray-Darling growth

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$14 million available for Murray-Darling growth

NSW Murray-Darling communities have an opportunity to secure funding for their region to create more jobs, strengthen and diversify their economies.

The Australian and NSW governments today announced the latest round of the Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Programme, with over $14 million of funding available to communities in NSW most impacted by the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said funding would again target business investment projects.

“This round will also provide a new funding stream for small capability building projects and economic development projects that support economic diversification,” Mr Truss said.

“Today’s announcement represents a major opportunity to support a wide range of projects that can contribute to strengthening and diversifying regional economies in NSW.”

NSW Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro said the Australian and NSW governments were investing in regional projects that will create new jobs and increase the economic output of local economies.

“Our Energise Enterprise fund is a $4.1 million investment in small businesses and capability building projects, with $25,000 one off grants or $40,000 matched grants available for projects that encourage businesses to develop skills or focus on small community economic development projects. In this new funding stream we are particularly keen to see projects come forward from those NSW communities most impacted by the Murray-Darling Basin Plan,” Mr Barilaro said.

“This funding will provide an additional pathway for businesses to work with local councils and not-for-profits to fund projects that diversify, strengthen and build resilience in their local economies.”

In this round $14 million will be available across two funding streams to projects with the potential to drive significant job outcomes or support small businesses, small capability building projects and economic development projects that support economic diversification.

For more information please visit:

Guidelines available from here

Innovation Connections

If you’re a small or medium sized business, Innovation Connections can help you work with the research sector. The programme aims to help businesses grow by:developing new ideas that have commercial value finding any current knowledge gaps preventing business growth.

If your business is eligible, you’ll be matched with a Facilitator who will assess your business for growth opportunities.

Eligibility :Check the programme page for eligibility criteria.

Program Status :Open for applications.

Agency :AusIndustry

Web :

The Global Connections Fund (GCF) aims to provide initial funding support specifically to promote Australian Researchers and Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) collaboration

The Program consists of two forms of funding: Priming Grants and Bridging Grants which are designed to:

increase linkages and collaborations with key global economies
promote researcher-industry engagement and knowledge transfer
encourage translational activities, end use development and commercialisation outcomes

The program only supports Researcher-SME collaborations and does not support SME-SME or Researcher-Researcher collaborations.

To EOI approved applicants: your Priming Grants application is due by May 27th 2016 at midnight (AEST).

Jobs Action Plan (JAP) Payroll Tax Rebate Scheme

NSW Office of State Revenue | $2,000 – $5,000 | Ongoing

The Jobs Action Plan is a key priority of the New South Wales (NSW) government. The plan provides NSW businesses with a payroll tax rebate when they employ new workers in new eligible employment.

The scheme has been extended by a further 4 years to 30 June 2019 and the rebate increased from $4,000 to $5,000 for new jobs created after 1 July 2013.

To be eligible for the scheme you must be registered as an employer and paying payroll tax in NSW.
Fresh Start Support

As part of the Jobs Action Plan Rebate Scheme, the government has now added a new initiative called the Jobs Action Plan Rebate Scheme – Fresh Start Support.

The new Fresh Start Support rebate is a one-off amount of $1,000 that can be claimed at the first anniversary of an eligible employee’s employment start date.

The Small Business Grant is a key priority of the New South Wales Government. The grant is designed to encourage the nearly 650,000 small businesses in New South Wales that do not pay payroll tax to hire new employees and expand their business.

What businesses are eligible?

To be eligible for the grant your business must:
have an active ABN
not have a payroll tax liability, during the 12 month employment period of a new person as at 30 June of the financial year.

The employment commences on or after 1 July 2015 and before 1 July 2019.